Former ONC deputy coordinator is new AMA president-elect

Robert M. Wah, M.D., who served as the first deputy coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT from 2005 to 2006, has been named president-elect of the American Medical Association, according to an announcement from the association. Wah, a reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn, is a nationally recognized expert in health information technology, and currently practices medicine and teaches at the Bethesda, Md.-based Walter Reed National Military Center and the National Institutes of Health. 

"I greatly appreciate the trust my colleagues have placed in me during this important time for our profession and our health care system," Wah said. "Working together I know we can make significant strides in reducing chronic disease, educating future physicians and improving how care is provided to our patients."

Wah served as chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees from June 2011 to June 2012. Announcement